Almost 1,700 dogs, along with their owners, support teams and fans, descended on Tulsa, Okla., earlier this month for the inaugural American Kennel Club Companion Events Extravaganza, which combined obedience, agility and rally in one venue.
Both AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung and Pamela Manaton, who is the director of obedience, rally and tracking, said the first event of its kind for the AKC went “very well.” The extravaganza took place March 15 through 17 in Expo Square at 21st Street and Yale Avenue in Tulsa, with agility spread over three arenas, obedience and rally – including those events’ crating areas – in the Central Park Hall, and vendors in the Ford Truck Exhibit Hall.
Manaton admits that “having all three events in one location was a huge undertaking for planning and also to have a volunteer base to support the events. However, we did receive numerous comments of how much everyone appreciated them being held together. “In fact, the AKC National Agility Championship had a “record entry” at 1,385, DeYoung reports, and running six rings simultaneously was only possible through “wonderful volunteers in Tulsa.” The beauty of the event, according to DeYoung, was that “it gave the exhibitors and public a wonderful chance to see many talented dogs. Hopefully it will encourage them to try new things with their dogs.”
The first AKC Rally National Competition – which will one day become a championship according to Manaton – drew 159 competitors from around the country. Rally obedience requires dog and owner to progress around a course, performing various obedience behaviors based on signs that describe each one. To learn more, click here.
It might seem like a lot of results, but because it’s the first national AKC national rally competition, we’re listing the top 10 scorers in each of the sport’s four divisions: novice, advanced, excellent and advanced excellent, along with photos of top four scorers in each division.
The top 10 in the Novice division – from 1st to 10th place with scores and times added together for two courses – are: Ch. Holther’s Racin’ Bye Ewe RN OA NAJ, a Border Collie owned by Lara Avery of Somers, Conn., with a score of 200.00 and a time of 156.72 seconds; Australian Shepherd Cirrus Riddle Me This RN, owned by Juanita Gandara and Elizabeth Robison of Hereford, Ariz., 200.0 and 168.37; Boxer Sunchases Running The Red CDX BN RN NA, Tracy Hendrickson and Rhoda Goselin-Brouillette, Broken Arrow, Okla.,199.0 and 162.23; Poodle Ch. Chatabout Rockin K’s Legend Of Zorro CD BN RN, Donna R. Fox, Houston,199.0 and 199.85; MACH Gaylan’s Jolly Mon Sing BN RN SH MXB MJB NF, a Golden Retriever, Patricia A.and Randal McKinney, Ellington, Conn., 198.0 and 177.52; Bulldog Sabastian Ignacious Mugwump CD RA, Jessica Ingles, Lindenhurst, Ill., 198.0 and 183.37; Labrador Retriever Simon So Serious UD RN, Ann Hussa, Fayetteville, N.C., 198.0 and 194.32; Golden Retriever Sunfire Keep’N The Dream Alive CDX RN MX MXB MXJ MJB, Linda and Michael Kriegel, Stanwood, Wash.,197.0 and 164.28; MACH Top Gun’s Felix Felicis BN RA HS As HSBs MXS MJS XF, a Border Collie, Mary Oppermann, Clayton, N.C., 197.0 and 176.65; and All American Dog Fritz Dusse RN, Marie and David Dusse, Flower Mound, Texas, 197.0 and 181.87.
In the Advanced division, the top 10 scorers are: Border Collie That’ll Do Gunpowder N Led CD RE, owned by Rochelle Fugate of Montgomery, Ohio, with a score of 200.00 and a time of 143.19 seconds; Poodle Cjv Gone With The Wind CD RE, Mrs. Cary J. Vandevender, Flowood, Miss., 200.0 and 170.43; Border Collie Halle CDX RE, Rhona Magni, Southampton, N.J.,198.0 and 145.29; Golden Retriever Gallogold’s Fruit Juicy Red CDX RA AX AXJ NF, Terry Lynn Thornton and Jim Richardson, Parker, Texas,196.0 and 156.75; Border Collie Cammie Flage CD RA, Karen McLeod, Ronan, Mont., 195.0 and 156.98; Australian Shepherd Hay There Riley CD RE AX MXJ, Abby Peach, Haymarket, Va., 192.0 and 135.24; Australian Shepherd Gage RA AX OAJ, Sherrie L. Calder, West Fork, Ark., 191.0 and 168.84; Labrador Retriever Mercedes CD RE, Gary F. and Valerie A. Alt, Poplar Grove, Ill., 187.0 and 165.72; TC Skyland Ricochet UDX4 OM6 VER RE HX Ads HXBds MXS MJB MFB, a Border Collie, Gerianne F. Darnell, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 185.0 and 148.58; and Shetland Sheepdog Himark Black Diamond Of Redcoat BN RA NA OA J OAP OJP, Jane and M.D. Guidinger, Pocatello, Idaho,182.0 score and 175.02.
The top 10 scorers in the Excellent division are: Poodle Bailey Black Bear CD BN RE, owned by Ronda Murphy of Galena, Kan., with a score of 197.0 and a time of 219.26 seconds; Shetland Sheepdog Kalea Tristan RE MX MX J XF, Barbara L. Norton and Bonnie C. Edwards, San Jose, Calif., 194.0 and 197.75; German Shepherd Dog Tidmores Rising Star Idaho CD BN RE NA NAJ, Jennifer Patton, D.V.M., Hallett, Okla., 192.0 and 166.63; Belgian Sheepdog Zephyr’s Airborne Magic CD RE, Shirley Fullam, Ocala, Fla., 188.0 and 238.97; MACH3 Hi C-Era Gamble On A Winner RE MXC MJB2 MXF MFG TQX T2B, a Border Collie, Greg Leal and Tammy Langer, Morgan Hill, Calif., 187.0 and 158.19; Golden Retriever Sunsplash Savoir Faire UD GO RE OA AXJ NF, Jennifer Cranford, Magnolia, Texas, 186.0 and 154.78; Border Collie Mickey CDX RE, Rhona Magni, Southampton, N.J.,186.0 and 178.19; Ch. OTCH Polesitter’s Absolute Victory UD VER RE AX AXJ, an English Springer Spaniel, Kimberly Berkley and Mike Bockhorn, St. Louis, 185.0 and 172.0; Shetland Sheepdog Linstad Indiana Johanes RE, Amy and Andrew Linstad, Marinette, Wisc., 179.0 and 190.84; and Golden Retriever Amber Too CDX GN RE, Becki Hart, Madison, Miss.,179.0 and 205.77.
And in the final rally division – Advanced Excellent – the Top 10, with scores added from two Advanced and two Excellent courses, are: OTCH Clitheroe R Commander N Chief UDX5 OM7 VER RAE12, a Golden Retriever owned by Charles P. and Joan M. MacMillan of Essex, Ontario, Canada with a score of 400.0 and a time of 295.92 seconds; Doberman Pinscher Gracie Jane Der Flitzer CD RA E2, Paige Kendall, Stratham, N.H., 391.0 and 404.39; OTCH Bach VCD2 DX4 OM6 VER RAE, a Border Collie, Diane Castle, Ball Ground, Ga., 385.0 and 329.62; Lowchen Taywil’s Aerien Everlasting CDX BN GN RAE NA NAJ NJP NF, Barbara Cecil, Houston, 384.0 and 381.26; MACH6 Staarry Heavens To Bessie UDX2 RAE MXS2 MJS3 MXF MFB TQX T2B, Australian Shepherd, Edward Minar and Diana Nagel, Fayetteville, Ark., 383.0 and 362.63; Shetland Sheepdog Karashome’s Political Scandal CD RAE, Cynthia Curtis, Owensboro, Ken., 383.0 and 403.08; Italian Greyhound Bella CD BN GN RAE2, Cathy Sutler, Imperial, Mo., 383.0 and 443.81; Labrador Retriever Olive UDX OM1 RAE AX AXJ, Cathleen and Jay Caballero, Fort Worth, Texas, 382.0 and 361.16; Ch. Starfire Intrepid Hero CDX BN RAE2 MX MXB MXJ MJS AXP MJ P NFP CGC, Papillon, Virginia Dinan and Regina Dinan, Ballwin, Mo., 381.0 and 394.76; and MACH Isabelle Marie CDX RAE MXB MJB XF, Border Collie, Donna C. Anderson, Delta, Ohio, 379.0 and 367.25.
In the Regular Obedience Rings
Eighty-five dogs competed for the title of AKC National Obedience Champion, and it was NOC OTCH High Times Ris’N Above The Tide UDX16 OGM RE, a Golden Retriever owned by Kathleen Rasinowich-Platt who walked – and sat and jumped and fetched and sniffed – away with it. The pair traveled from Papillion, Neb., to take the top spot with a score of 409.0.
“The great memory that I will take away from this event,” says Manaton, “was the electric feeling and camaraderie that was in the air with all of the competitors, judges and volunteers. There were so many positive comments about this event, and everyone was always smiling.”
In second place were Sharon Colvin and OTCH Webshire’s X-Pecta Freeze UDX5 OM8 VER RE JH NA NAJ TH D from Snohomish, Wash. The Golden Retriever earned a score of 404.0. OTCH Companion’s He Reigns In Victory UDX4 OM5 came in third with a score of 403.0 for owners Victory Hulett and Renea Windley. This Border Collie lives in Molino, Fla. A familiar name turns up in fourth place; Gary J. Platt, also of Papillion, landed there with his Golden Retriever OTCH Goldenloch Makin’ A Statement UDX8 OGM, thanks to a score of 393.5.
On to Agility
The AKC National Agility Championship clearly dominated the extravaganza with more than 1,300 dogs entered from 48 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
“Lots of fun, exciting competition and heartwarming stories” came out of the event, DeYoung says. “We had handlers from 8 years old to 85 compete in the National Agility Championship. We saw a few retirement runs for dogs and those are always special. One of the Golden Retrievers who competed in the finals had just finished his chemo treatments and came all the way from Alaska to compete.”
Earning first place in the agility championship were a Papillon, in the 8-inch division, MACH4 Livewire It’s All Gravy MXB2 MJG2 XF T2B, also known as ‘Masher,’ handled by Daneen Fox of Acton, Calif.; a Shetland Sheepdog, in the 12-inch division, MACH2 Jahdo Skechers At Strathspey MXS MJS XF, ‘Skecher,’ handled by Barb Davis of Newman Lake, Wash.; a Border Collie, in the 16-inch division, MACH Instant Karma MXS MJS XF (Karma), handled by Cheryl Morris of Ames, Iowa; another Border, in the 20-inch division, MACH4 Super Sweet HSAs HSBs MXC MJC MXF, ‘Sweet,’ handled by Dudley Fontaine of Clemmons, N.C.; an All-American Dog, in the 24-inch division, MACH Roo! CD MXS MJS, ‘Roo,’ handled by Stacey Campbell of San Francisco; and a third Border, in the 26-inch division, MACH Tempo In Motion MXB MJS MXF T2B, ‘Pace,’ handled by Desiree Snelleman of Bonney Lake, Wash.
Taking the top spot in the 4-inch division of the Preferred class was MACH5 PACH2 Juliette’s Butterfly Kisses UD RE MXB2 MJS2 MXP5 MXPS MJPB PAX2 XF T2BP, or ‘Juliette,’ as she’s known to her friends. The Toy Fox Terrier was handled by Kathy Marble-Brown of Mulberry, Fla. In the Preferred class, jumps are lower and course times are longer, however, dogs must jump within their height divisions. In the Regular agility class, dogs can enter height divisions even if they are shorter than what the division was designed for. In the 8-inch Preferred class, Pembroke Welsh Corgi PNAC MACH2 Willowbend Enchanted Evening MXS MJS MXP2 MJP2 NF was No. 1. Janelle Julyan of Chamblee, Ga., handled ‘Eve’ to her win. Loretta Vojtech of Kenosha, Wisc., handled HC MACH Kit Kat HXAds HXBd MXS MJS MXP MJP2 NF to the win in the 12-inch division. ‘Kat’ is a Border Collie. MACH3 PACH Brasstax Lyrical Skylar MXC MJG MXP2 MJP2 MXF MFB TQX, ‘Skylar,’also a Border Collie, won the 16-inch division, handled by Ann Zarr of Leawood, Kan., and MACH American Revved Up Ford MXB MJB MXP MJP, ‘Henry,’ a Labrador Retriever handled by Dennis Butler of Norman, Okla., took the 20-inch division.
“It is always heartening to see the pure joy that exists between the handlers and their dogs, both in and out of the ring,” DeYoung says. “That makes what we do day in and day out, and at these national events, worth it.”